June 5, 2014
As we head into the halfway point of 2014, it's already clear that the trend of mobile and digital health acquisitions is up. Just five months into the year, MobiHealthNews has tracked 16 mergers, acquisitions, asset buys and majority stake acquisitions -- just one less transaction than we tracked during the whole of 2013.
While many of the buys were medical software acquisitions of various kinds...
May 6, 2014
The overhaul to the app's privacy terms is significant, with the previously 700-word document nearly doubling in length (it now comes in at 1,275 words). Some of that is just the reality...
April 28, 2014
Last Thursday's big news was that Facebook had acquired fitness tracking company ProtoGeo, maker of the popular passive tracking app, Moves, for an undisclosed sum. Both companies said that the paid app Moves would remain a separate offering -- for the forseeable future, at least -- and that the ProtoGeo team would also help work on Facebook's other products and develop new ones.
April 24, 2014
Social networking giant Facebook has acquired Finland-based fitness app maker Protogeo for an undisclosed sum, according to a blog post from ProtoGeo.
The company's high-profile app, called Moves, passively tracks a user's daily activity using the phone's built-in accelerometer in order to provide all-day tracking without killing the phone’s battery. To keep track of where the user goes, Moves...
March 3, 2014
AvMed, a Florida insurer, is offering an activity-tracker based fitness and wellness program for members for Medicare Advantage members. The program, called Walkadoo, is offered through Healthways subsidiary MeYou Health, and will serve as an expansion to Healthways and AvMeds' existing fitness program for older adults, Silver Sneakers. However, Walkadoo will also add the Fitlinxx Pebble activity...
January 7, 2014
Apple has announced that in 2013, the company earned over $10 billion from the App Store, and Apple's developers have earned $15 billion from the App Store. In the release, Apple attributed their success to the "stunning apps that took advantage of the redesigned user interface" and named some "surprise hits" from the year, including one fitness app -- Protogeo's Moves app, which became a paid...
November 13, 2013
Finland-based Protogeo released Moves 2.0, an iOS7-compatible update to its original all-day tracking iPhone app. While Moves has historically been a free app, the new version will be sold for an introductory rate of $1.99 and a full price, starting in December, of $2.99. Existing iOS app users who upgrade will not have to pay.
"We think that Moves 2.0 is a pretty significant update. The whole...
September 19, 2013
Moves from ProtoGeo, the Finland-based passive activity tracker startup, released its Android version, demonstrating that the company intends to press on despite possible competition from Apple's new iPhone 5s and 5c.
"It's very exciting times for us because there's so many things going on in the activity tracking marketplace," CEO Sampo Karjalainen told MobiHealthNews. "Apple and Google are...
July 10, 2013
Palo Alto-based Azumio, makers of the popular Instant Heart Rate app and a number of other mobile health apps, launched a new free app called Argus, which aggregates readings from many of Azumio's other apps as well as including built-in tracking for food, sleep, and activity. Unlike most of Azumio's apps, which are available for Apple and Android, Argus is currently available on iPhone only.
April 29, 2013
A new player has entered the already-crowded activity tracking field, with no $100 device to plug in, charge or sync. Moves, from Finnish startup ProtoGeo, is an activity tracker, but it takes the form of a free iPhone app rather than a wearable device, using a smartphone's built-in accelerometer and GPS to track movement continuously throughout the day.
The app has had 1.5 million downloads...